Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | August 3, 2013

August 3, 2013 “Because They Trusted”

“He answered their prayers, because they trusted in Him.” (1 Chronicles 5:20)

Good Morning Citizens of God’s Holy Nation!

It is with great affection that I remember my college chaplain, the late Jack F. Heinsohn. His was a most interesting background. before becoming an ordained pastor and college chaplain at Grove City College, Jack was a trapeze artist and circus performer. Often in his morning messages during chapel time at Grove City, he would bring illustrations regarding his former vocation, connecting them with Biblical principles. I recall a story he told of his mother, who was not a believer. He brought a friend home one weekend who happened to own a paint store. They got to talking about faith, and she asked him why he was a Christian and why he trusted in Jesus. His answer was that he met a lot of people at church who were perspective customers, who, upon getting to know him, would patronize his store, and that it was good for his business. A short time after this visit, Jack’s mother died. He shared that his mother went to her death with the idea that the reason people believed in Jesus was because he was a good paint salesman! This man’s “witness” had nothing whatsoever to do with true trust or real prayer. This passage connects trust with answered prayer. Jack told another story about a woman who heard the account of Jesus saying “If you had faith the size of a grain of mustard seed, you could move mountains.” Her home overlooked a rather unremarkable mountain that blocked her view of the next town over, so she prayed that it would move. The next day she got up, looked out the window, the mountain still there, and said to herself, “Well, there’s that old mountain still there, just as I expected it would be.” Yet another example of faithless prayer! The point is, there is little use in praying if you don’t really believe that God is more than capable and will answer the prayer you make. Jesus often connects  belief with prayer. These two go hand-in-hand. When you pray, trust not only in God’s unquestioned ability, but also in His willingness to answer your prayer. Let’s pray!

Almighty God; You invite us to “test” your faithfulness and your grace with our prayers. Build up our trust and confidence in your goodness and grace each day as we open our hearts more and more to you before the Throne. You are worthy of all trust and praise, and we turn to you this day in confidence in the mighty name of Jesus our Lord. Amen!

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